Yonkers First 2020 Homicide Hezitorial
U P D A T E F R O M Y P D @ 3:12 P.M. — S E E B E L OW
YONKERS, NY — January 14, 2020 — It has become standard practice under the aegis of Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller that not all media outlets are apprised of police issues. Yesterday’s fatal stabbing of a 60-plus year-old woman was known to the assailant. Yonkers Police Communications Officer Jaren Singer evidently sent notice of the homicide to select media outlets, but the Yonkers Tribune was not one of them. In fact, we have not received any notice of any crimes whatsoever since John Mueller was first designated as Acting Police Commissioner, or since he was elevated to Yonkers Police Commissioner. One must surmise that P.C. Mueller’s conduct continues to assert his unsubstantiated position that crime is down, despite the fact that no statistics have ever been divulged. Yonkers Tribune by Mueller;’s reasoning suggests crime is UP and that the budget that was allocated for the YPD have been blown above and beyond budget allocations. Alas, Mueller has divulged no proof, only assertions. That sort of demeanor undermines the integrity of the YPD. Doesn’t he realize that? If not, when will he? For him its his mantra. When the budget cycle returns front stage before the Yonkers City Council, the excess spending by the YPD will be revealed as hopefully will the legitimate statistics.
Having read reports of yesterday’s homicide in those media outlets informed to some extent, but not about the crime that had been known to have transpired, it is evident that YPD’s conduct of noticing crime is incongruous with and an anomaly to conduct among other police departments in the New York Metropolitan area.
Other news reports inform that YPD has a suspect. YPD does not inform the public that the alleged perpetrator was the same person who called the YPD to advise them that it was he who fatally stabbed the 60-plus year old woman sometime before Noon on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Communications Officer Jared Singer in another news report issued today, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, is quoted by The Journal News that “the investigation is still ongoing, including a motive for the attack.” Interestingly, the unnamed person admitting to the fatal stabbing is known to YPD. He is described internally by YPD as an EDP (Emotionally Disturbed Person).
The homidice took place at Beaumont Circle, in the area that falls under the jurisdiction of Yonkers Police Precinct One.
YPD posted on Facebook that “there is no threat to community” … and … that the investigation is “in its infancy”. Further, “It’s not a random event, they are known to each other.”
The takeaway reveals a YPD Communications Department that is told how to spin a situation rather than simply to reveal the “facts”as they are!”
UPDATE RECEIVED FROM YPD COMMUNICATÍONS DIRECTOR DET/LT DEAN POLITOPOULOS ISSUES @ 3:12PM TODAY
Yonkers Police Detectives Make Arrest in Fatal Stabbing
YONKERS, NY — January 14, 2020 — On Monday, January 13th, 2020, at approximately 11:46 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 63 Beaumont Circle on a report of a possible stabbing incident. Upon arrival officers made entry into an apartment and located an unresponsive female with apparent stab wounds down on the floor; a person of interest was detained outside. Empress Emergency Medical Services responded and pronounced the female deceased at scene. The area was cordoned-off and a criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, canvassing for surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Investigation to date has yielded that the victim was allegedly stabbed multiple times in her torso and neck area by the suspect resulting in her death; the suspect, a resident of Beaumont Circle, was apprehended outside the apartment without incident. It appears the two parties were known to each other and were engaged in a dispute that escalated into physical violence – Detectives are actively working to determine the nature of their relationship and any history between the two parties; no other subjects are being sought at this time. Several knives were recovered at scene as evidence.
The suspect is identified as 63-year-old James HILLIARD who was placed under arrest and subsequently booked on a charge of Murder 2, a Class A-I violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. HILLIARD is scheduled to be arraigned later today in Yonkers Criminal Court. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending family notifications. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family of the victim.
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NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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SOURCE: Yonkers Police Department | Communications Officer Det/Lt Dean Politopoulis | Office of Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller